Topband: FCP versus loaded or "T" radialsradials

Chortek, Robert L. Robert.Chortek at
Sat May 4 13:05:16 EDT 2019


I’m using a a top loaded vertical with 12 elevated 1/8 wave radials with an isolation transformer at the feed point.  I have no basis for comparison BUT I have no trouble being heard in JA, VK, DU, etc. running legal limit.  Resonant elevated radials (counterpoise) are not required for good performance.

I’ll duck now....



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> On May 4, 2019, at 9:23 AM, N4ZR <n4zr at> wrote:
> At the risk of setting off a food-fight, I'm interested in opinions on shortened radials (T or loaded) versus the K2AC/W0UCE folded counterpoise design.  W8JI has an interesting unfinished page <> attacking the FCP.  Tom's a combative fella, but he's also very smart.  I am putting up an inverted L, trying to avoid having to lay down 6000 or even 750 feet of on-the ground radials, and don't really have room for resonant elevated radials on 160.
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